Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
February 2018 e-newsletter!

Please send company news to
info@mainemfg.com. Enjoy!

Membership is Key 
to our success in growing manufacturing in Maine!

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Look Who Joined MAMe!
This month has been a record breaker!

Mathieu Saw & Tool Co. in Lewiston, ME
Precision saw and tool grinding

SIS Bank/Commercial in Biddeford, ME

AHS Engineering, Inc. in Biddeford, ME
Mechanical and I&C design & integration

CE Bradley Laboratories in N. Brattleboro, ME

Ward Cedar Log Homes in Houlton, ME
Log homes

United Insurance in Rumford, ME

Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, ME

Littlefield Wood Products in Hartland, ME
Smooth wood products

Rudman Winchell in Bangor, ME
Law firm

Cedar Works in Rockport, ME
Design and manufacture wood products for active play

Long Leaf Lumber in Cambridge, MA
Reclaimed wood flooring

Maine Barrel & Display in Portland, ME
Handcrafted buckets, barrels, and displays

Lie-Nielsen Tools in Warren, ME
Heirloom quality handtools

Keiver-Willard Lumber in Newburyport, MA
Custom mouldings, millwork, and flooring

Maine Cedar Hot Tubs in Skowhegan, ME
Wood manufactured hot tubs

Pallet One in Livermore Falls, ME

P&C Insurance in Biddeford, ME
Commercial insurance/employee benefits

Leg U Tool & Mold in Sanford, ME
Machined components

Pride Manufacturing in Belfast, ME
Manufactured wooden sports accessories

Mainebiz Publication -
Making it in Maine 

In 2017, MAMe's Media Partner, Mainebiz, created the "Making it in Maine" publication for students, educators, and manufacturers with the purpose of highlighting the innovation, workforce, and best aspects of manufacturing companies in Maine. 20,000 copies were distributed to schools across the state of Maine.

The magazine can be found online HERE!

We are looking for companies interested in being profiled in 2018- please contact us HERE!

To take advantage of our new Mainebiz subscription for members only, click the link below!


Want to get involved this year? Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact Zach Vincent at info@mainemfg.com or the MAMe office at 207-747-4406.

If you'd like to see what else MAMe has in store, check out our events
page at www.mainemfg.com/events/ 

Starc Systems Tour
Sponsored by
People's United Bank & Verrill Dana LLP
February 15, 2018

Thank you to our host Starc Systems for the tour and for the insight that they gave us on how their product is made! We would also like to thank the MAMe members, sponsors, partners, and new faces that attended the tour to support manufacturing and learn more about Starc Systems.

If you'd like to see what else MAMe has in store, check out our events
page at 

Scholarship Available!
Application Period - Jan. 1st - April 30th

The MAMe Career and Foundation Scholarship is accepting applications! From January 1st to April 30th, we will be accepting applications for students that are interested in furthering their education in Maine with a goal of a career in manufacturing in mind. For details click below!


Precision Machining & CNC Machining Competition
SkillsUSA & SMCC - February 15th, 2018

On February 15, 2018 SMCC hosted the Skills USA competitions for Precision Machining and CNC Technician. John Bolduc, , Southern Maine Community College, Precision Machining and Manufacturing Department Chair and Instructor, welcomed students to the Precision Manufacturing facility at SMCC. 

The day was split into 2 sections.  Students had 90 minutes to complete each challenge before stopping and moving on to the next challenge. 

Eight schools sent students to compete:

· Biddeford Regional Technical Center-Biddeford

· Maine Technical Center-Waterville

· Mid-Coast School of Technology- Rockland

· Portland Arts and Technology High School- Portland

·Sanford Regional Technical Center-Sanford

· Tri-County Tech- Dexter

Winners will be announced in March at the State Conference. The CNC Technician winner has the opportunity to go on to the National Competition later this year. MAMe will provide a scholarship to help with the cost of sending this students to nationals.

Congratulations to all the students who competed! 

Robotics Institute of Maine

RIM is supported solely through the generous donations of Maine companies and grants. The growth and demand of competitive robotics is requiring more funding. These programs are becoming the gold standard for how middle and high school STEM education can change to offer a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience to prepares students for hi-tech careers. Your donations are used for the following:

»» Team Registration Fees
»» Classroom Kits for Teachers
 »» Replacement of Materials
 »» Maine Tournaments
»» Teacher & Mentor Training

YOU are making a difference! RIM’s efforts have tripled the number of students
engaging in hands-on STEM learning!

RIM participates in Amazon Smile- click here to learn more!


MAMe B2B Lead Generation Services

To our Manufacturing Members!

I wish to share an opportunity with that will help you build your sales pipeline and deal flow.   This opportunity will be mutually beneficial to the membership and the Association.  It is an outcome from our defense diversification program on behalf of the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), where the MAMe assisted several companies, heavily dependent on defense contracts, (during a period of budget cuts) to adjust by improving their processes and transition into new commercial markets.

Today we have the capacity, as an adjunct to our Business Growth Services Group, to assist companies access new markets and/or establish “warm leads” in new or existing markets, locally, nationally and globally.   Eighty percent (80%) of our OEA participants benefited from this service that resulted in leads and introductions with some leading to immediate contract work.    One company will continue this relationship beyond the grant program and another is moving towards the same intent.

“This past fall, the Manufacturers Association of Maine and Research Consultants International jointly worked together as part of a OEA grant project with Silvex to identify two high volume sales leads in an industry of Silvex’s choice. Both leads were exactly what we had requested and one of those turned into production volume work within a couple of weeks of the initial contact. Their prequalification process saved us countless hours and dollars in sales and marketing efforts by matching us with a potential customer who had an immediate need. We are very happy with the results and intend to utilize these services more in the immediate future.”

-Dan Atkinson, Silvex, Inc.

This capability was introduced by Brad Jackson, Jackson Associate who is the North East representative for Research Consultants International.  In our last newsletter we featured Jackson Associates/RCI B2B Lead Generation capabilities.

MAMe and Jackson Associates now team to provide this capability to Maine’s manufacturing base.   We will be reaching out to the membership to promote this service which we hope you will take advantage of.   From this, along with our broader “Business Retention and Expansion “objectives, we will initiate a process to scale up and provide additional benefits to our members and Maine’s manufacturers.  

Please contact MAMe at 207-747-4406 or info@mainemfg.com for more information.

Lisa G. Martin
Executive Director

Energy Corner

Did you know in 2014, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation?

MAMe members can manage their energy strategy in new and powerful ways with Constellation's full range of integrated energy solutions. Visit energy.constellation.com/MAMe.

Al Tarkinson with Edward Jones, is a Manufacturers Association Member and Financial Advisor for the Manufacturers Association of Maine Scholarship Fund.

Al became the Financial Advisor for the education fund, which provides scholarships to students in Maine, in 2013.

Did you know the the average American family's net worth plunged by nearly 40% between 2007-2010, according to the Federal Reserve? Net worth fell from $126,000 to $77,000.

Contact Al at 207-839-8233

Industry Corner

Steve Tenney, UBS Wealth Management

"When planning to sell your company, it can be easy to get so caught up in the business side of the deal that you forget about the personal side of things. There’s little doubt that maximizing the value of your transaction and minimizing the tax liability of the sale are important considerations. But to make sure your sale is successful, you need to focus on the third element of the deal: what your life will look like once the sale is complete." 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Tenney at UBS Financial Services!

THE VOLK PACKAGING HEROES WALL is intended to honor all men and women who have served or currently serve our great country in the Armed Forces.  Anyone can put their loved ones face and information on the Heroes Wall.  ALL PROCEEDS from the VPC HEROES WALL will be given to the Biddeford/Saco/Old Orchard Beach VFW.  

Upcoming Events!




Procter & Gamble Tambrands
March 15, 2018

2879 Hotel Rd. Auburn, ME

Shaw & Tenney
April 12, 2018

20 Water St. Orono, ME


May - TBD
Rubb Building Systems -
End of the Season BBQ, June 21, 2018



SME Lean Manufacturing Round Table Series

Feb 27, 2018
-Idexx Laboratories, Westbrook
Mar 27, 2018- American Rheinmetall Systems, Biddeford
April 24, 2018- Martin's Point Healthcare, Brunswick

APICS & C.H. Robinson
2018 Transportation Industry Update

February 27, 2018

1:00-5:00PM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, ME


The Manufacturers Association of Maine
207-747-4406 info@mainemfg.com 


Job Postings

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Bristol Seafood

-Facility & Machine Maintenance Leadperson

Caron Engineering
-Service Technician

-Software Developer

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc.

-Designer/ Draftsperson/ Sales Support

Howell Labs
-Entry Level Technician/Fabricator

Hunting Dearborn

Kennebec Technologies
-2nd Shift CNC Machinist

MaineGeneral Health
-Lean Specialist

Maine Maritime Academy

-Assistant Professor of Engineering

Northeast Laboratory Services
-Laboratory Information Systems Specialist

Numberall Stamp & Tool Co. Inc.
-Customer Service Manager

Prescott Metal


-CNC Programmer/Engineer

-Press Brake & Laser Punch Operator

Rubb Building Systems
-Press Operator

-Structural Detailer/Draftsman

-Technical Product Manager

University of Maine Orono
-Large Center Development Associate

Washburn & Doughty

-Ship Fitter

-Marine Electrician

Did you know the 3 major goals of the Manufacturers of Maine Group Trust are to help support a strong loss prevention program, reduce worker’s compensation rates and return surplus funds to the Members?

The Manufacturers Association of Maine and the Manufacturers of Maine Workers’ Compensation Group Trust formed a partnership in 2007 to operate in cooperation with each other to the mutual benefit of their members and the general manufacturing community in Maine.

The Manufacturers of Maine Group Trust was formed in 1993. Its membership includes 21 Maine based manufacturers. The group trust provides workers’ compensation coverage to its members.
Since 1993, the Group Trust has returned just over $9 million dollars of surplus insurance premiums to its members.

Click Here to learn more about how our aggressive safety and claims management programs can put you in control of your workers’ compensation costs, or please contact Zoie Leavitt at zleavitt@crossagency.com or 1-800-698-3267 ext.1013


Receive 2 hours of attorney consultations about healthcare reform from LegalShield.

If you have 10 or more employees already enrolled in a LegalShield plan by the end of the year, you are eligible.

My company already offers LegalShield as an employee benefit -
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Contact: Nola Fennessy
(207) 776-0302

Secure predictable electricity rates with Constellation’s Fixed Price Solution.

As a small to medium sized manufacturer, your eye is always on the bottom line. You need competitive electric rates from a supplier you can count on. Constellation is that supplier. Constellation is the exclusive energy providers for MAMe members.

Click here to see your executive director, Lisa G. Martin, talk about why Constellation is MAMe's exclusive energy provider.

Contact: Craig Brazell
(617) 512-9939